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Sartorial (2010)
by Penhaligon's


Sartorial information

Year of Launch2010
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 291 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group
Parent Company at launchFox Paine & Company > Cradle Holdings

About Sartorial

Penhaligon's say "A fragrance for a new generation of gentlemen, inspired by the scents of the workroom at Norton & Sons, bespoke Tailors of Savile Row"

Reviews of Sartorial

Starts off with a sweet and citrus twist on the mature, old-school, classic male scent. Very good projection lasts 3-4 hours. The drydown is sweet and musky with that old-school feel still coming through.

I’m not a big old-school fragrance guy but this is pretty enjoyable.

Longevity is good, lasts through the work day.
27th January, 2018
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United States
Many mainstream fragrances with this structure fall apart, leaving a very cheap and thin vanilla or amber the last man standing. Penhaligon shows some quality here by avoiding the devolution into the bakery-goods sweetness of many pretenders.

I found a very good deal on a small bottle of Sartorial, and I'm glad to add it to my collection, although, frankly, I don't find it near as complex as the notes listing would promise. It does start out with a Brut-like lavender, wood and vanilla dryness, but ultimately it diverges from Brut (I don't get the barbershop powder in Sartorial that is central to Brut's structure) with what I assume is the beeswax filling the center channel.
12th January, 2018
One of my new favorites. In a world of unisex fragrances Sartorial stands out as purely man. It has a very old fashioned smell about it but in a sophisticated way. I get the comparisons to Brut but in a much more luxurious format. What I love about Sartorial is that it is what it is. It doesn't try to be something it's not. Classic alpha man in a well tailored suit comes to mind when I smell Sartorial.
29th July, 2017 (last edited: 13th September, 2017)
This one I cannot stand. I might not be the biggest fan of the fougeres but I can totally respect and see the beauty in old classics. I can't agree on any quality on this. I get metal, lavender and oakmoss from this sharp scent. I felt off the whole day I wore it and kept hoping no one would smell me.

I was open minded when I got a sample since it has been so praised, but for me - a scrubber.
28th July, 2017
Pure class in a bottle, old school but nice. Spicy and what a man should smell like. Can imagine a solicitor or Barrister wearing this. There is a lot of notes going off but it's so well blended I can't detect them individually. Perfect masculine spicy frag with honey and wood deep into the dry down. 10/10
28th July, 2017
Sartorial is a conventional fougere with a twist: there are some added metallic and sweet notes. It starts off smelling very similar to the iconic Brut, only being a bit more complex and an added depth. There is a metallic element in the heart, and after about 2-3 hours a semi-sweet, honeyed beeswax note creeps in to give it more substance. However, the final dry down becomes a little too sparse for my tastes - especially given what comes before. Sillage is appreciable at first before calming down, and overall it lasts about 6 hours on skin.

I'm a fan of fougeres, but I like them more green and astringent. While Sartorial is a very respectable fragrance, eventually it's somewhat limiting for me. It pushes the fougere in directions that don't quite sit right with me. As a result it's hard for me to pick it ahead of many including Brut, Azzaro, Tsar, Jazz, Nobile, Rive Gauche Pour Homme, Invasion Barbare and Fougere Royale. This is simply a personal preference, and the rating is reflective of that.

Therefore, even though I'm neutral, I recommend this to anyone seeking a modern gentlemanly fragrance within the fougere family.

12th February, 2017

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